Each spring the Atlanta Studies Network hosts an annual symposium that tackles the social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues facing Atlanta.

The sixth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium will be held at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University on April 20, 2018. The theme of the 2018 symposium is “Atlanta: City + Region.”

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) projects that the 20-county Atlanta region will grow by 2.5 million to more than 8 million people by 2040. Around 8% of ARC-forecasted growth will occur within the current City of Atlanta boundaries. We cannot plan for this growth without considering the historical context of the city and region, including policies determining—and sometimes limiting—the flow and connectivity among people, jobs, cars, and other transit options through the region. Having this context creates a platform to discuss lessons learned from the past and present to plan for regional growth in a more equitable and sustainable way.

This symposium poses the following questions: 

  • How has the distribution of people, housing, jobs, and transit shifted in the Atlanta region over time, and what factors have driven these shifts?
  • How can we plan for equitable regional growth?
  • How do racial, class, jurisdictional, environmental, and other boundaries impact Atlanta’s development and cultural landscape across the region?
  • How and why have the borders and geography of the City of Atlanta and Atlanta region changed over time, and what have been the effects of these changes?
  • How have literary texts and audiovisual arts in Atlanta captured and responded to these changes?

Sponsors of the event include the Center for Digital Scholarship, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, the Bill & Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and the Office of Government and Community Affairs at Emory University, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Urban Studies Institute and the Department of History at Georgia State University.

For more details see below. A pdf copy of the program is available here: ATLS Symposium 2018 Program.